From Sublime To Slime: The Asp’s Journey!

NATHAN ASPINALL reveals he has gone from sublime arrows to making slime with his daughters. The World No.7, who has roared up the rankings over the past 18 months, is getting used to life at home, social distancing shopping for his grandparents, and homeschooling.

Although its a myth that snakes are ‘slimey’, The Asp is doing his best to put that right!

Stockport star The Asp takes his place in the PDC Home Tour Championship group tonight against Gary Anderson, Jonny Clayton, and Jelle Klaasen. He admits: “I spent the first week of lockdown making slime with my two daughters. I leave the clearing up to the missus!“We haven’t got the biggest back garden, so it’s just been painting and a bit of homeschooling. We have Brooke who is eight and Milly is two.

 “We immediately set up a bit of a routine with Brooke doing an hour or two a day of school work and proper activities. It’s hard for the kids because they’re not seeing their friends so we have to do our best for them”.

Nathan continued:

“It’s hard for everyone really. I’ve been doing the shopping and get medication for my grandparents who live just five minutes away. They’ve been self-isolating for three weeks now. They leave a list under the green bin, I collect it and then leave the stuff outside their front door.”

“I’m actually loving spending time at home. It’s going to really tell me how strong my relationship with the missus is!

“We were planning to get married next year. It’s good for us to see how it is to be a normal couple day after day. “We were meant to book the venue last week but we couldn’t do that because they are not taking any further bookings.”

Aspinall admits that he is so relieved after two World Championship semi-finals and a UK Open win gave him money in the bank to survive the Covid-19 lockdown. But the kind-hearted rising star is concerned along with other top players of the plight facing pals and rivals on the breadline.

He said:

“I feel very lucky to be in an OK situation”. A lot of my family are in trouble with work. My mum works for the Co-op, my dad and stepdad are both self-employed and have no savings and are very worried.

“If push came to shove, I will do my best to help my family. I do look at my life and think ‘Thank God I’ve got this money in the bank’.

“It’s not even just getting through the situation we are in now. But when it all gets back up and running, the pressure I would have been under would have been incredible. I would be in debt and needing to put food on the table again.

“It’s been really hard for the players outside the top 32″.

When it does all start up again that’s what so many players will be facing, real pressure to win matches.“Any money that they have managed to save will have gone just surviving through the lockdown.“I’ve been in that position before and it’s really not nice, trust me. It’s so hard to play darts with that pressure.”

“To be fair to the PDC and PDPA they are constantly in touch with us and have been a real help throughout this time.”


Pix: Taylor Lanning

The Asp will attempt to capture another PDC title this evening when he does battle, with Gary Anderon, Johnny Clayton, and Jelle Klaasen, for the Low6 Home Tour title.

Championship Group
Friday June 5 (1930 BST)

Nathan Aspinall v Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson v Jonny Clayton
Jelle Klaasen v Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall v Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson v Jelle Klaasen
Jonny Clayton v Nathan Aspinall
All games are best of 11 legs.

Fans in the UK & Ireland can watch through the Sky Sports App.

As well as being shown through a series of bookmakers’ websites, the Low6 Home Tour will also be broadcast live by a number of the PDC’s international broadcast partners listed below.


Low6 Home Tour: Asp & Ferret Fight To Final Group.

Nathan Aspinall and Jonny Clayton claimed the final two places in the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs Championship Group with superb displays in Thursday’s Semi-Final Group Two.

A high-quality penultimate night of the innovative home-broadcast event saw four members of the world’s top 16 in action, with Clayton and Aspinall winning two games apiece as they progressed to Friday’s Championship Group.

2019 UK Open champion Aspinall opened the night with a ten-dart finish and produced a 12-darter in the deciding leg of his opening tie with Clayton.

Rob Cross averaged 107 as he edged his 11-leg clash with a 13-dart finish against Aspinall, who bounced back to take victory in his winner-progresses contest with Joe Cullen courtesy of a 14-darter.

(PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) NATHAN ASPINALL IN ACTION

“It means a lot,” said Aspinall. “I wanted to get through to the finals night and I’m very happy.

“Every game I’ve played tonight, the other players were brilliant. Tonight I wanted to play well and I produced good stuff.”

Clayton, meanwhile, raced to a 6-1 win over Cross in their decisive match to top the Semi-Finals Group Two table on Leg Difference from Aspinall.

Clayton responded to his narrow opening loss to Aspinall by coming from 5-4 down to defeat Cullen in a deciding leg, and reeled off five successive legs against Cross to seal his spot in the Championship Group.

“I’m chuffed to bits,” said Clayton, who has also been working delivering food parcels in his local area in recent weeks during the lockdown period.

“Let’s see what happens tomorrow night now. It’s going to be a tough night on Friday, they are great players in there and it’s going to be a hard job for me – but hopefully I can top the group again.”

Aspinall and Clayton join two-time World Champion Gary Anderson and former Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen in another strong line-up as the quartet compete in a round-robin format on Friday to claim the Low6 Home Tour title.

The tournament, which began in April, has featured 101 PDC Tour Card Holders competing from their homes on four continents, and also saw a nine-dart finish from Luke Woodhouse on Night Two.

The Low6 Home Tour Championship Group can be watched live and free through PDCTV for registered users (new users can sign up for FREE here), as well as through bookmakers’ websites and international broadcasters.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.


Feature Pic: Taylor Lanning

Lowe6 Home Tour: Clayton Complete Semi-Final Line Up.

Jonny Clayton completed the semi-finals line-up of the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs by winning Group Eight on Tuesday night.

Clayton has made calm progress into the the semi final groups. ( Pic: Taylor Lanning)

World number 15 Clayton maintained his unbeaten record on the Home Tour, claiming a hat-trick of victories to book his place in Thursday’s second night of semi-finals action.

The Welshman kicked off with a 6-3 win over two-time Lakeside champion Scott Waites, before seeing off Germany’s number one Max Hopp by the same scoreline.

Back-to-back emphatic wins for Waites put him back in the hunt to top the group, but a 6-2 success for Clayton against Carl Wilkinson in the final game of the night ensured his place at the top of the standings.

The Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs continue with the first night of semi-finals action on Wednesday night, featuring Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall, Jelle Klaasen and Mike De Decker

Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs
Group Eight – Tuesday June 2
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Scott Waites
Max Hopp 6-3 Carl Wilkinson
Scott Waites 6-0 Carl Wilkinson
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Max Hopp
Scott Waites 6-1 Max Hopp
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Carl Wilkinson


Featured Pic: L Lustig / PDC

Clayton Is Key. Welshman Helps Out In Covid Crisis.

JONNY CLAYTON reckons he’s ready for the new normal on the oche of playing with a stage ‘lollipop social distancing’ man. The World No.16 Welshman has become a key worker for Carmarthenshire council making sure the self-isolating get their shopping during the coronavirus crisis.

The Ferret was gaining moment in 2020. Covid-19 has arrested that for now!

Clayton, 45, resumes his lucrative hobby of darts to bid for a semi-final place in the Low6 Home Tour online streaming event tonight (Tues) against Scott Waites, Max Hopp and Carl Wilkinson. In a recent German tournament, it was played with a ‘stop and go’ stage referee to tell the players when to step forward to the oche.

He said: “If the Matchplay goes ahead then, as far as I know I’m in it. If there is a stage lollipop man, it’ll be funny and different!“It’s just something that we are going to have to do. It will be strange but it’s important for the sport to get going again if it’s safe.

“Without a crowd, it’s always going to be strange, you get fired-up with the fans and the banter. The fans do play a big part but we need to get used to it if we have to.

“I played in the UK Open a couple of years ago behind closed doors because of the Beast From The East cold weather.”

“I remember it being quite odd, but I remember more being freezing cold playing in Minehead, that’s what bothered me the most, not there being any fans. “But it’s important to get back playing. It’s been boring not being so busy with the darts”.

“I’ve been delivering food to the vulnerable every Wednesday and also doing emergency work for the council like water leakages or ceilings have come down”.

“I’m always busy me. I don’t sit still for long. I’ve bought a second home and that will be where we live and sell this one. So I’ve been doing lots there as well. The only problem is that I’ve not been able to get any building materials, so it’s been frustrating.

“I like keeping darts as a hobby. If I gave up my job, I don’t know what I’d do all day. Playing darts to earn a living is extra pressure and I don’t need that!”

Clayton kicked off 2020 in epic fashion, beating Michael van Gerwen in his first TV match of the year at the Ladbrokes Masters in Milton Keynes – before hitting a nine-darter at the UK Open in early March.It has been suggested that the Matchplay could be run at the Marshalls Arena where he beat MVG, the same venue as where the snooker is being played this week.

But he admits that the pandemic has flushed his momentum down the pan, adding: “I started off the year pretty well. Don’t get me wrong, my floor tournaments weren’t the best. But my TV performances were really good. I beat Michael (Van Gerwen) and got a nine-darter, I felt I was going in the right direction for a big year.

“You build confidence obviously and this has put a stop to it. How dare coronavirus do that to me!“

Seriously though, sport is sport. Nothing is guaranteed. I personally think I’m more than capable of beating anyone with a bit of luck and consistency.

“If everything sits in place, I know I can get results in any tournament. But nothing in sport is set in stone so you need to keep going and battling.

“Maybe I should live up to my nickname The Ferret in darts. I got it from my rugby days, because I was quiet and small in the scrum.“ In darts I’d be happy to win trophies when I’m not expected to. Just the quiet one who sneaks up to win majors.”

Clayton, who has racked up over £250,000 in prize money in two years as an oche part-timer, faces an interesting last 32 Home Tour group against Waites, Hopp and Wilkinson. But thus far the online tournament has been all about the underdogs.

He said: “I just play in my spare room, that’s where my dartboard is. So I’ve no had anything special to do to get set up for playing live at home.“I’m not a massive practice player, I’ve not got any routines. So basically I don’t know how to take this Home Tour event but it was good to win my group. It’s a weird feeling to be doing this live in my spare room.“I just find darts a weird sport.

If you are on form you can beat anybody but if you’re not you could be the worst player ever. It just depends if you turn up on the night.”


Home Tour: Clayton Clinches Tough Group.

Jonny Clayton won Group Eight of the Unibet Home Tour, as the home-staged tournament continued on Friday night.

Night 8 proved a difficult one for Swindon’s Richard North. Pic : L Lustig / PDC

Former televised finalist Clayton produced a trio of solid displays as he went unbeaten all night, defeating Adam Hunt 5-2 in the group opener.

The Welsh World Cup representative followed up with a 5-3 win over Richard North, before the final game of the evening saw Clayton clinch his place at the top of the table with a 5-2 victory against David Pallett.

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Saturday night with Group Nine, which will see Premier League star Michael Smith in action, along with Harry Ward, Matt Clark and Martijn Kleermaker.

Unibet Home Tour
Group Eight – Friday April 24
Jonny Clayton 5-2 Adam Hunt
David Pallett 5-2 Richard North
Adam Hunt 5-3 David Pallett
Jonny Clayton 5-3 Richard North
Adam Hunt 5-1 Richard North
Jonny Clayton 5-2 David Pallett

Group Nine – Saturday April 25 (1930 BST)
Michael Smith v Martijn Kleermaker
Harry Ward v Matt Clark
Martijn Kleermaker v Matt Clark
Michael Smith v Harry Ward
Harry Ward v Martijn Kleermaker
Matt Clark v Michael Smith 8

Pix: L Lustig / PDC

Home Tour Fixture List. Night Five-Eight.

The line-ups and fixtures have been confirmed for Groups Five to Eight of the PDC Home Tour, as the innovative new tournament continues next week.

Clayton has been enjoying a good spell since extending his Red Dragon contract in 2019.

Nine-time PDC televised event winner James Wade will headline Wednesday’s Group Six action, with world number 15 Jonny Clayton and former Premier League player Jelle Klaasen also in action across the four nights.

PDC Home Tour

Tuesday will see the fifth of 32 consecutive nights of live PDC action take place, as World Youth Champion Luke Humphries faces Welsh PDC newcomer Nick Kenny in the opening game of Group Five.

Popular South African star Devon Petersen, a winner of one of the ‘Darts At Home’ test events, will also compete in Group Five, along with former Players Championship event winner Joe Murnan.

Wednesday’s Group Six will be headlined by world number eight Wade, who will take on former World Grand Prix quarter-finalist Adrian Gray in his first match.

Recent Players Championship winner Ryan Searle will star in Group Six, alongside Andy Boulton.

Thursday will once again see elite level darts brought from the homes of the pros to fans worldwide, as Dutchman Klaasen meets multiple Development Tour winner Ryan Meikle in his Group Seven opener.

Rising German talent Gabriel Clemens and Northern Ireland’s Gavin Carlin are also set to star in Group Seven.

Friday will mark the first week of the Home Tour, as Welsh number two Clayton plays Adam Hunt in his first game, while Richard North and David Pallett will also join the live broadcast.

A nightly league format will see all four competitors play each other once in matches played over the best of nine legs, with a winner crowned each night.

Luke Woodhouse marked the Home Tour with it’s first 9-Dart moment!

The opening two nights of Home Tour action have seen Jamie Lewis and Luke Woodhouse win Groups One and Two respectively, with Woodhouse sensationally hitting a nine-dart leg from his kitchen on Saturday night against Gerwyn Price.

Following the conclusion of the initial 32 nights of league phase action, the 32 group winners will advance to the second phase of the competition.

With each night’s action commencing at 1930 BST, darts commentator Dan Dawson will be on hand to talk through proceedings, which will also include live score graphics on screen.

All Home Tour action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for FREE to ALL registered PDCTV users, regardless of whether you have a paid or free membership.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.

As well as being shown through a series of bookmakers’ websites, the Unibet Home Tour will also be broadcast live by a number of the PDC’s international broadcast partners.

Unibet Home Tour
Group Five Fixtures
Tuesday April 21

Luke Humphries v Nick Kenny
Devon Petersen v Joe Murnan
Nick Kenny v Joe Murnan
Luke Humphries v Devon Petersen
Devon Petersen v Nick Kenny
Joe Murnan v Luke Humphries
 
Group Six Fixtures
Wednesday April 22

James Wade v Adrian Gray
Ryan Searle v Andy Boulton
Adrian Gray v Andy Boulton
James Wade v Ryan Searle
Ryan Searle v Adrian Gray
Andy Boulton v James Wade
 
Group Seven Fixtures
Thursday April 23

Jelle Klaasen v Ryan Meikle
Gabriel Clemens v Gavin Carlin
Ryan Meikle v Gavin Carlin
Jelle Klaasen v Gabriel Clemens
Gabriel Clemens v Ryan Meikle
Gavin Carlin v Jelle Klaasen
 
Group Eight Fixtures
Friday April 24

Jonny Clayton v Adam Hunt
Richard North v David Pallett
Adam Hunt v David Pallett
Jonny Clayton v Richard North
Richard North v Adam Hunt
David Pallett v Jonny Clayton


Tournament Rules
* All matches are the best of nine legs.
* The player listed on the left of the fixture will throw first in odd-numbered legs.
* Two Points awarded for a win.
* Should players finish level on Points, the Leg Difference will be used to decide positions. Should Points and Leg Difference be equal between two players, then the winner of the game between the two players will determine who finishes higher. Should Points and Leg Difference be equal between three players, the Overall Average of each player (across the three games on the night) will be used to determine who finishes higher.

UK Open Review – Day Two. Quater Final Line Up Decided.

Nine-dart hero Jonny Clayton joined big guns Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price and Rob Cross in the Ladbrokes UK Open quarter-finals following a dramatic day which saw three former champions knocked out in Minehead.

LADBROKES UK OPEN 2020 BUTLINS RESORT, MINEHEAD, PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 6 MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V JAMES WADE MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION

The £450,000 multi-board event continued with the fifth and sixth rounds at Butlin’s Minehead Resort, as the remaining 32 players were whittled down to just eight on Saturday.

It was Welshman Clayton who stole the headlines with a brilliant nine-darter, his first in competition, as he moved into the quarter-finals of the event for the first time.

Clayton had produced a superb display in a 10-4 fifth round win over Joe Cullen, before enjoying his moment of perfection in the 12th leg of his 10-8 defeat of Chris Dobey in the last 16; following two 180s with a 141 finish.

That gave Clayton an 8-4 lead, with Dobey continuing his fightback from 5-0 down with checkouts of 117 and 104 as he pulled back to 9-8 before the Welshman eventually closed out the victory.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 2 JONNY CLAYTON V JAN DEKKER JONNY CLAYTON IN ACTION

“It’s a very special moment for me and I’m chuffed to bits,” said Clayton, who meets Jamie Hughes in the quarter-finals. “It’s my first nine-darter in any tournament, so it’s a good feeling.

“I’ve had a few in practice but only my dog was watching, so to do it in front of a crowd has shown that I can do it.”

Clayton is now aiming to claim his maiden televised title on Sunday, and added: “I’m on the big stage tomorrow and I can’t wait – my confidence is high. I’ve done well here before and I’d love to go all the way.”

Clayton’s nine-darter was the ninth in the history of the UK Open, and the first since Van Gerwen achieved the feat in 2016 against Cross.

It was also the second in a televised event inside a fortnight, following Michael Smith’s nine-darter in the Premier League in Dublin, as well as being the 13th in all PDC events so far in 2020.

Clayton was joined in winning through to the quarter-finals by fellow Welshman Gerwyn Price, who edged out Germany’s Gabriel Clemens 10-9 by landing an 11-darter in the deciding leg of their sixth round contest.

The world number three – who celebrated his 35th birthday on Saturday – also overcame Ricky Evans in the last 32, and is now aiming to win his third televised title.

“It’s a nice birthday present for me!” said Price, who meets Dimitri Van den Bergh in the quarter-finals.

“I’ve played well in all three games I’ve played so far but in the first two I took my chances. I missed some doubles early on against Gabriel and he got in front of me.

“He was full of confidence and played well but I stuck in there and I’m thankful that I had such a good last leg. I’m through and I can look forward to Sunday now.”

Two-time UK Open champion Van Gerwen overcame a scare against Jason Lowe in the fifth round before returning to top form in the last 16 with a dominant 10-4 win over James Wade, averaging 109 and missing just four attempted doubles.

The world number one had looked set to stroll through his opening encounter on Saturday when he landed finishes of 170 and 116 to move 5-0 up.

Lowe – a builder from the Midlands who won a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School in January – hit back to level and also led 9-8 before the Dutchman took the final two legs for a narrow win before later seeing off two-time winner Wade.

“There’s still a lot of work to do and I need to keep my focus because I want to win this tournament,” said Van Gerwen, who plays Rob Cross in the last eight.

“I made it difficult for myself this afternoon but I’m very happy with my performance tonight.

“I feel good and I want to build from here. They all still want to beat me but so far I’m playing a good tournament and I want to do some more damage from here.”

LADBROKES UK OPEN 2020 BUTLINS RESORT, MINEHEAD, PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 6 PETER WRIGHT V DARYL GURNEY DARYL GURNEY IN ACTION

World Champion Wright, the 2017 UK Open winner, saw his hopes of a second triumph in the event ended by Daryl Gurney in an entertaining sixth round contest as the Northern Irish ace moved into the quarter-finals.

Wright – a 10-6 winner against Ian White in round five – led 3-1 early on against Gurney, who took out 136 and 148 on his way to a 10-6 triumph.

Gurney also had to show his fighting spirit in round five, as he came from 7-1 down to defeat William O’Connor 10-9, surviving three missed match darts in a dramatic deciding leg.

LADBROKES UK OPEN 2020 BUTLINS RESORT, MINEHEAD, PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 6 GARY ANDERSON V JELLE KLAASEN JELLE KLAASEN IN ACTION

The Northern Irish star now plays Jelle Klaasen, who won through to his first televised quarter-final since the 2016 European Championship with an impressive 10-9 win over 2018 winner Gary Anderson.

Klaasen, who has dropped out of the top 32 since needing a wrist operation in 2017, produced some of his best darts since as he prevailed in a tight contest with Anderson to follow an earlier 10-1 defeat of Steve West.

“It’s been a while since I felt so relaxed on stage, even when I was under pressure,” said Klaasen, a semi-finalist four years ago.

“I had the wrist surgery [in 2017] and it takes a while to get the confidence back, but I’m happy that slowly it’s getting there.

“The belief is back and I know I can perform under pressure, and that showed against Gary. If I score like I can and hit my doubles like I have this weekend, I can beat anyone.”

LADBROKES UK OPEN 2020 BUTLINS RESORT, MINEHEAD, PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ROUND 6 ROB CROSS V STEPHEN BUNTING ROB CROSS IN ACTION

2019 UK Open finalist Cross battled into the quarter-finals with victories over St Helens duo Michael Smith and Stephen Bunting in a hard-fought Saturday.

Cross survived a missed match dart – at the bull for a 164 finish – from Smith in the deciding leg of their fifth round tie, before coming from 8-7 down to win three straight legs in a 10-8 defeat of Bunting.

“I’ve pulled through a few gritty games and I’m grinding out results, which is what you need to do,” said Cross.

“I’m still not starting as well as I want to, and I can’t do that against Michael, but I’m not a million miles away. I’ve got to take my chances and I’m looking forward to the game because you know what you’re going to get against Michael.”

Hughes booked his place in a first quarter-final at a televised PDC event with a 10-5 defeat of Mensur Suljovic, following up an earlier 10-7 defeat of Martin Atkins.

Two-time World Youth Champion Van den Bergh defeated both Matthew Edgar and Kyle McKinstry on Saturday as he moved into the UK Open quarter-finals for the first time.

McKinstry had defeated Martin Schindler 10-5 in the fifth round to continue his best-ever run in a PDC televised event, having begun the tournament in Friday’s first round with a win over Fallon Sherrock.

Wade had matched Klaasen’s margin of victory in round five with a 10-1 defeat of Kim Huybrechts, while Simon Whitlock, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Simon Stevenson and Andy Boulton also exited in the last 32.

The Ladbrokes UK Open concludes on Sunday, with the afternoon session’s quarter-finals followed in the evening session by the semi-finals and final, with a £100,000 top prize on offer for the eventual champion.

Van Gerwen is the 11/10 favourite with sponsors Ladbrokes, with Price 5/2 as he aims to capture a title which evaded him in the 2017 final.

Gurney is rated 15/2 ahead of Cross (9/1), with Clayton (14/1), Hughes (16/1), Van den Bergh (18/1) and Klaasen (25/1) all seeking to claim their maiden PDC televised ranking titles on Sunday.

2020 Ladbrokes UK Open

Saturday March 7

  • Afternoon Session
  • Fifth Round
  • Chris Dobey 10-5 Simon Whitlock
  • Michael van Gerwen 10-9 Jason Lowe
  • Peter Wright 10-6 Ian White
  • Rob Cross 10-9 Michael Smith
  • Daryl Gurney 10-9 William O’Connor
  • Gerwyn Price 10-3 Ricky Evans
  • James Wade 10-1 Kim Huybrechts
  • Gary Anderson 10-5 Simon Stevenson
  • Jonny Clayton 10-4 Joe Cullen
  • Mensur Suljovic 10-7 Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Stephen Bunting 10-2 Alan Tabern
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-4 Matthew Edgar
  • Jamie Hughes 10-7 Martin Atkins
  • Jelle Klaasen 10-1 Steve West
  • Kyle McKinstry 10-5 Martin Schindler
  • Gabriel Clemens 10-6 Andy Boulton

Evening Session

Sixth Round

  • Gerwyn Price 10-9 Gabriel Clemens
  • Michael van Gerwen 10-4 James Wade
  • Jelle Klaasen 10-9 Gary Anderson
  • Daryl Gurney 10-6 Peter Wright
  • Jonny Clayton 10-8 Chris Dobey – Jonny Clayton hits nine-darter
  • Jamie Hughes 10-5 Mensur Suljovic
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-8 Kyle McKinstry
  • Rob Cross 10-8 Stephen Bunting

Sunday March 8

Afternoon Session (1245 GMT start)

Quarter-Finals

  • Main Stage
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Gerwyn Price
  • Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross
  • Daryl Gurney v Jelle Klaasen
  • Jamie Hughes v Jonny Clayton
  • Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
  • Semi-Finals & Final
  • Main Stage

Ladbrokes UK Open – Tournament Winner Odds

  • 11/10 Michael van Gerwen
  • 5/2 Gerwyn Price
  • 15/2 Daryl Gurney
  • 9/1 Rob Cross
  • 14/1 Jonny Clayton
  • 16/1 Jamie Hughes
  • 18/1 Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • 25/1 Jelle Klaasen

Odds courtesy ladbrokes.com and correct at time of writing. Subject to fluctuation.

ENDS

Watch Clayton’s Magic Moment: 9- Dart Perfection at Ladbrokes UK Open

Jonny Clayton landed his first nine-darter in a televised tournament as he won through to the Ladbrokes UK Open quarter-finals on Saturday.

Clayton Claims 9! (PDC)

The Welshman achieved the feat in leg 12 of his 10-8 win over Chris Dobey in Saturday evening’s sixth round at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort, following two 180s with a 141 checkout.

He went on to win the game – despite Dobey’s brave fightback from 5-0 down to pull back to 9-8 with finishes of 117 and 104 – to move into the last eight for the first time in the UK Open, where he now challenges for the £100,000 title in Sunday’s final stages.


Clayton Ends UK Open 9 Dart Drought.

Johnny Clayton landed his first nine-darter in a televised tournament as he won through to the Ladbrokes UK Open quarter-finals on Saturday.

Hollywood left himself to much to do in the final reel.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG

The Welshman achieved the feat in leg 12 of his 10-8 win over Chris Dobey in Saturday evening’s sixth round at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort, following two 180s with a 141 checkout.

He went on to win the game – despite Dobey’s brave fightback from 5-0 down to pull back to 9-8 with finishes of 117 and 104 – to move into the last eight for the first time in the UK Open, where he now challenges for the £100,000 title in Sunday’s final stages.

“It’s a very special moment for me and I’m chuffed to bits,” said Clayton, who defeated Joe Cullen 10-4 earlier on Saturday in round four. “There were loads of Welsh fans watching too, which was great.

“I’ve never hit one in a tournament before – I’ve had a few in practice but only my dog was watching, so to do it in front of a crowd has shown that I can do it.”

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG JONNY CLAYTON IN ACTION

Clayton is now aiming to claim his maiden televised title on Sunday, and added: “I’m on the big stage tomorrow and I can’t wait. I’ve done well here before and I’d love to go all the way.”

Clayton’s nine-darter was the ninth in the history of the UK Open, and the first since Michael van Gerwen achieved the feat in 2016.

It was also the second in a televised event inside a fortnight, following Michael Smith’s nine-darter in the Premier League in Dublin, as well as being the 13th in a PDC event so far in 2020.

Clayton was joined in winning through to the quarter-finals by fellow Welshman Gerwyn Price, who edged out Germany’s Gabriel Clemens 10-9 by landing an 11-darter in the deciding leg of their contest.

Price, who turned 35 on Saturday, is aiming to win his third televised title by claiming UK Open glory, and said: “It’s a nice birthday present for me!

“I’ve played well in all three games I’ve played so far but in the first two I took my chances. I missed some doubles early on in this game and he got in front of me.

“He was full of confidence and played well but I stuck in there and I’m thankful that I had such a good last leg. I’m through and I can look forward to Sunday now.”

Jamie Hughes booked his place in a first quarter-final at a televised PDC event with a 10-5 defeat of Mensur Suljovic.


ENDS

Red Dragon Launch 2020

During the mayhem of two recent World Championships, their players won both, Red Dragon darts can be forgiven for having a relatively low key product launch for their updated 2020 range and catalogue. This does not even include the new Peter Wright, World Championship winning, Special Edition!

The Welsh brand has released a tight collection of classic and innovative models that should appeal to most tastes. The Originals pictured above give a clue as too one side of the collection. They are simple classical style of dart somewhat similar to one Alan Evans might have used.

Representing the polar opposite side of the equation are the Koncept Pro. These are a mix between a stilletto and a scallop barrel. They are 90% tungsten and ringed grip at the higher end of the barrel. near the nose they are a very narrow taper. The scallop just before the taper could provide a comfortable propulsion zone.

Perhaps the most distinctive dart, in the new range, are the Clarion (Black). The black and gold colour scheme disguises quite a technical dart. It is a mix between a ‘Phase 5’ bomb shaped barrel with a slight indent through the middle section of the dart. It has features in common with the excellent, and popular, Red Dragon ‘Fusion’ model. The unusual feature is the more razor like grip in the mid section. This could be a very timely update on a classic barrel.

The third arm of the release are additions to the ranges of the big names in the Red Dragon pantheon. The Lunar 50 editions were released toward the end of 2019 and more have been added. Peter Wright, Johnny Clayton, Jamie Hughes all have a Lunar50 edition, these are basically the players original model but in a simple monochrome style. They appear subtly different to the signature darts but also easily recognisable.

Gerwyn Price had a Lunar Edition released, but this has been taken further for 2020. The Iceman has had a black edition released, although these look like a permanent edition, as well as more cases and shirts. The ‘Black Ice’ range are functional, clean and functional whilst being fuss free and stylish. Price now has a solid three edition range, as well as a special edition, a few shirts and the usual flights and stems. There is something for most to like.

Despite the relatively low-key launch Red Dragon may well have a very successful year. Their three world champions should give them huge attention and this range and catalogue may well ensure that the interested customer will stay!


Check out the new ranges in more detail and purchase here: http://www.reddragondarts.com/new